How to create RSS feeds for your site in .Net?
Syndication (RSS) is a simple way of sharing information on the web. RSS
has become popular to share information from any website. There are tools
available to consume the RSS feeds from the websites. Anyhow to utilize
this method of sharing knowledge over the web you need to know how to
create RSS feeds for your site so that other can use that to get information
from your site.
Basically RSS is an XML document with special tags meant for giving links to the contents that are fed from a website. A simple RSS document would look like:
The root tag of the XML document is the <rss> tag and the root node is the <channel> tag and there can be other channel tags in the document. The elements within the channel node are title, link, description, copyright, generator, and item. The item tag contains title, link, description and pubdate. In the above document the tags above the item tag pertains to that of the site that gives the rss feed and the tags within the item tag are that of the item that is shared with the users. You can write a method to fill the item tag with information from a database. If you can achieve this you can create the RSS feed from your website. You can use the XMLWriter class and generate an OutputStream which gives information for the tags within the item element. The following code snippets gives you an idea on how to write a class to generate RSS feeds.
The method PubRss does the job of publishing the RSS feed. You can write a function that returns a DataSet that contains information for the tags in the item element of the RSS document. Once you write a function for returning a dataset, you can write the following code to finish the job of publishing the RSS feed in the Page Load event of the aspx page.
Page_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object,
Thus you can try creating an RSS feed for your site so that other can consume that RSS feed.
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